All in all, a good radio with some room for improvement

All in all, a good radio with some room for improvement

Sony MEX-N5000BT Bluetooth car stereo (CD player, AUX input, USB) with Apple iPod / iPhone Control / Android / Smartphone / NFC One Touch Connection / Variable button illumination (Electronics)

Customer Review

I bought the radio mainly to listen to music from Spotify via Bluetooth. This works pretty well, and with this feature, I am satisfied.

However, there are some what Sony could improve here.

- Remote App: Is the smartphone once a truly hands with the radio is the reconnect simple. The volume control and hold for 2 seconds. Already starts the app on your smartphone and you can select its source. Here, however, the smartphone must be unlocked. This means that if you have not just a navigation app running on anyway, this feature is quite pointlessly, because you have to unlock the phone while driving to select a different source via the app, for example.

If you run a music player on your smartphone, you can start songs, next, back and pause operate from the radio as if you would use a USB stick. To complain about this is that in the Spotify app before and back to work but you can not start a song. For this you have to start again operate from your smartphone.

If you play music from a USB stick from so I think that finding the songs, especially while driving a bit tedious. Clicking the search function on the radio about 2 seconds needed for it. This is a bit confusing because you can not stare 2 seconds to the radio while driving to see if the keystroke is now working or not. The navigation could increase rethinking and especially the speed and the keys sensitivity because the Search Button is quite cumbersome.

I have in front of the standard VW Golf 4 used in radio and unfortunately have to say that the radio reception was worlds better than the Sony.

One more point to handsfree: There are 2 modes in the radio. BT Phone and BT. Is the smartphone via BT connected to the radio so it does indeed from music. But if you want to access the phonebook figured the radio not that it is already connected to the phone and says, "No Device". One must then specifically select the BT Phone as a source. Basically well thought because the Bluetooth source must be a smartphone does not slow, but it could have been better usability technically able to implement.

Playback quality is definitely better than the VW Radio.

Reading the displays is a matter of attitude. The radio has to dim the brightness when the headlights are turned on function. This is configured by default. Basically, a good idea because it is at night not so blinded. If you drive, however during the day with light because it is compulsory in the country, so you can read the display pretty bad. Thus, one can in these cases, do not use the function.

Basically, a radio with versatile functionality which is not bad for the price. However, when I think of my 8 year old Pioneer which could only read MP3 and CD that was quite a bit better from the handling.

The problem with the radio is probably that is advertised with great features, this however is not thought out to the last detail.

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